Bubwith Community Primary School


Bubwith Community Primary School - Governing Body 

Please click on the following link to see our current Governing Body member information

Govs members 201718 website.pdf

Governing Body Instrument of Government

Governing Body Vacancies

If you are interested in becoming a governor in the future, please begin by reading our governor recruitment booklet and 'Guidance on the Election of Parent Governors' document by clicking on the links below.

Governor leaflet 2016.pdf

Guidance on the Election of Parent Governors

Governor nomination form 2017.pdf

Governor Biographies

Joanna Ainsley - LEA Governor (Special Educational Needs, Well-being)

I have lived in Bubwith since 2001 and both my boys attended Bubwith Primary School. I have always felt that people respond best to positive learning experiences and that a child’s first formal exposure to education at school should be constructive, stimulating, enjoyable and safe. As a working Mum, I became a parent governor to understand first-hand how education was delivered to the pupils, how the constraints and challenges of the education system affected this, and how, as a member of the governing body I could play a supportive role within this.

I have been a member of most committees over time and been involved in the selection and interviewing of many staff members. My current role is as link governor for children with special needs for which I can use some of my professional knowledge as an Occupational Therapist.


Amy Bailiss – Staff Governor (Curriculum)

I grew up in Leicestershire and have lived in York since 2004 having attended both the University of York and York St John. I qualified as a teacher in 2001 and have taught in year groups 2 – 6 having spent most of my time at Bubwith teaching Year 5 and 6 pupils.  I am currently the Assistant Head Teacher at Bubwith Primary School.

I have always been a sports enthusiast (both spectating and participating) and love running.  I am also quite musical – and enjoy the performing arts.  This range of interests works well in the primary phase due to the broad range of subjects in the primary curriculum.

Sandra Hills – Co-Opted Governor (Chair of Governors, Health, Safety and Well-being)

I moved to Bubwith in December 2012 and although not local to the village I have previously lived and worked in East Riding of Yorkshire as a Health Visitor in the 80s.

I’m an active member of the community and in addition to my current role as Chair of Governors I am also a Parish Councillor and a Non-Executive Director with the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust.


I’m very interested in children and their development and wellbeing. I see them as our future and I have developed some well-formed views about what we adults should do to support their education and development and ensure they have happy healthy childhoods and grow up into well-rounded adults. I also have some ‘skin in the game’ with 8 grandchildren all under the age of 10 and I spend a significant proportion of my time on ‘Granny’ duties!


I recognise and appreciate the value of living in a vibrant and welcoming community such that Bubwith is. I appreciate the asset that our school is to our community and the need for us to support and shape our school to give our current youngsters a good start in their educational life. I also believe as a governor I have a role to secure it’s longevity for our future young residents as and when they arrive. These days a school needs to be more than just a place to receive an education, it needs to engage in community activities and be mindful of the way residents live their lives.


My professional background is as a Nurse, Midwife and Health Visitor, I joined the NHS in 1973 and spent the first 20 years in clinical practice. A late educational developer myself I then went on to achieve a BSc and Masters degree and the later part of my career has been as a very experienced and highly motivated NHS board level Executive Director, mainly in Surrey. Since 2007 I have worked independently undertaking a wide range of interim director level and consultancy roles within the NHS and the third sector. I’m now semi retired and as such I’m able to devote more time to supporting activities that are community minded.


Finally, I pride myself on being approachable and open to constructive criticism and challenge and as such welcome feedback from our service users and their parents.

Alison Hughes – Co-Opted Governor (Pupil Premium, EYFS)

I am a fairly new resident in the village having moved here two and a half years ago from the Holmfirth area to be nearer to my three grandchildren who are all in primary education in the East Riding. Recently we welcomed a fourth grandchild into the family.

My career has always been in education. After 12 years of teaching in secondary schools mostly in Inner London, I changed sectors to primary education with a particular interest in special needs. In time, I was appointed teaching head of a successful village primary school on the outskirts of Huddersfield and enjoyed 11 years in this role. Being head of a small school meant I gained good understanding of the challenges faced by primary schools in terms of curriculum, staffing, inspection, assessment, finance and premises management. Following what (I thought) was my retirement I was invited to become a senior lecturer in Early Years education at the University of Huddersfield where I stayed for another 4 years helping to train the teachers of the future.

It is a privilege to be involved in helping young people to grow and develop in secure and happy learning environments and I am delighted that I am able to volunteer in Ash class each week and I look forward to contributing to the governing body of the school as a co-opted governor.

Jim O'Neill – Co-opted Governor (Chair of Finance)

I have lived in Bubwith since 1978 and both of my children attended Bubwith Community Primary School.  I have always enjoyed being able to support the children and the school, initially as a member of FOBS and then as a Parent Governor.  When my children moved on to secondary education, I remained as a Co-opted Governor and have been reengaged in this role on a number of occasions.  I still believe in the vital importance of a caring and committed school giving the children a strong educational start and encouraging their enthusiasm for learning.

I spent my professional career as an IT Manager with companies such as the Shepherd Group and the Press Association.  Because of the complete integration of IT in employment, and the increasing use of social media, I was particularly pleased that Bubwith School continues to have a comprehensive IT platform, so that our children can be introduced, and protected where necessary, to the wide scale developments and uses of IT.  

I enjoy sport - I swim every day and am an avid Everton supporter - and also relax with films, reading and travelling, when possible and affordable!! 


Richard Townend – Co-Opted Governor (English, ICT)

I am a co-opted governor with two daughters at Bubwith Community Primary School. As a KS2 teacher and Computing Master Teacher, I hope my skills and knowledge are able to help our school improve even further.

I like to get involved in community life. I lead the Junior Church at All Saints, Bubwith, and can often be seen walking with my family and sausage dog through the village.

In my spare time, I like to run and cycle. I am also a long-suffering fan of York City FC!


Fran Ward Co-Opted Governor (Vice Chair, Maths, Child Protection, Safeguarding)

I am vice-chair of the governing body, chair of the Curriculum and Standards Committee and the Safeguarding governor.  My working life has been spent in education, working as a primary school teacher in a variety of local authorities, developing advisory roles for assessment and Maths and becoming a headteacher. Being a school governor is important to me as a way of contributing to the local community in my retirement.  Some of my other interests are reading, (especially reference books on History and on art, detective stories and French literature), gardening, knitting and embroidery, listening to podcasts on current affairs and watching cricket.

Janet Vinton – Co-opted Governor (Sports Funding)

I have lived in Bubwith for over 15 years and have a son who attends Bubwith Primary School. I currently work at the school as a lunchtime supervisor and also help in class on a voluntary basis and at the after school club (SHAC).

I qualified as an accountant after studying in Hull and Nottingham and then moved to York where I worked at Norwich Union/Aviva for 19 years in variety of roles in including finance, regulatory and project.

I enjoy working/helping in the school environment and became a school governor in order to extend my understanding of how a school is run and to contribute towards to the continued success of the school.


Lynsey Walker-Smith – Parent Governor (Science)

Having previously lived in the area for over 10 years, I returned in 2007. I have two children at the school and although currently living outside the village, we value being part of the community, attending lots of activities and events in the village and surrounding area.

I am keen for all children fulfil their individual potential via a broad curriculum (including science), alongside core literacy skills, within a stimulating and fun environment. Initially graduating with a Degree, I have had a career in Marketing, Sales and Consultancy for almost twenty years, during recent years I also completed an MA. I hope to be able contribute and be involved with the activities of the governing team and therefore the school (as appropriate).